A woman who forced a young girl to perform a sex act on her has been jailed.
Paedophile Eileen McBrien, 62, is starting a six-year prison sentence after a case described by police as ‘harrowing’.
The victim later told her mother what had happened.
She then contacted police, who launched an investigation which led to McBrien’s arrest.
Police have praised the bravery of the girl and her family after a sentencing hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday.
McBrien, of Troutbeck Avenue, Ancoats, Manchester, denied the charge she faced but was convicted by a jury after a trial.
She was found guilty of a charge of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
McBrien was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for life. The order will restrict what she can do after her release from custody.
The incident happened in 2017.
A GMP spokesman said: “Some time after the abuse took place the girl disclosed to her mother what had happened. The mother reported this to police and a full investigation was launched, with McBrien immediately arrested.
“During police interview she denied the offence but a jury at Manchester Crown Court found her guilty.”
Sergeant Laura Halley, of GMP’s City of Manchester borough, praised the young victim’s bravery.
She described the case as ‘harrowing’ and said by pleading not guilty, McBrien made the girl relive the ordeal through the trial process.
Sgt Halley said: “This is a harrowing case involving a young child who bravely disclosed what had happened to her.
“As a result of her telling her mother we were able to swiftly arrest McBrien and I hope this case demonstrates just how seriously we take reports of this nature.
“By pleading not guilty, McBrien made the young victim relive her ordeal through the trial and caused further trauma.
“The family and victim have been through an extremely difficult time and hopefully this sentence will bring them some closure and allow them to move on with their lives.”
Manchester Evening News